Reminds me of Chris Rock's routine about "old Willie at the job".We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The token black guy at work who everybody white says they love "oh Willie at the job, he's so nice!".
You probably make silly little jokes like that because you and he are "friends", and he doesn't mind, he laughs it off - you are friends after all.
But behind your back, Willie hates your guts. I can only imagine this is the case with Delingpole's supposed "tennis friend".
I really hope that guy is getting a lot of whatever it is he is tolerating the company of those idiots for, as I cannot imagine he is a genuine friend.
A man wouldn't openly snigger at a female friend eating a banana and say she looks like something you saw in a porn film (unless you were a cunt of course). I've never heard of a black person telling someone white that they look like a snowman when they put on a hat and scarf, there was obvious intent and implications in the monkey comment that only the most dangerously stupid of people could not see, and I cannot see how the kind of people Dellingpole hangs out with could not know that with the kind of expensive educations they must have had (not to mention media training).
Would the same joke have occured to him if he saw a white friend eating a banana? We know it wouldn't, but I no one asks him that.
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile
And mouth with myriad subtleties,
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but oh great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile,
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!